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5:40 PM ET, April 15, 2020


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The Daily Beast:
Trumpists Urging People to Leave Their Homes to Own the Libs  —  There is a growing resistance on the right that threatens to add additional stress to a political system already nearing the breaking point.  —  A protest movement is taking hold targeting states that have extended social-distancing rules …
Discussion: Townhall and The Gateway Pundit
WWJ Newsradio 950:
Furious Crowd Gathers At Michigan Capitol To Protest ‘Stay Home’ Order  —  Lineup of cars extends for miles outside of Lansing  —  (WWJ) Large and raucous crowds showed up in Michigan's capital Wednesday for what organizers are calling “Operation Gridlock.”
Discussion: Townhall and The Hill
Brad Reed / Raw Story:   Trump supporters are willing to die to reopen economy: 'When it's my time to go, God's going to call me home'
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's ugly new blame-shifting scam spotlights his own failures  —  President Trump is spinning his new decision to suspend funding to the World Health Organization as an act of decisive leadership — one that showcases his devotion to effective crisis management, to gathering good empirical information …
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Trump halt to WHO funding violates same law as Ukraine aid freeze, House Democrats say  —  President Donald Trump's halt to World Health Organization funding is illegal and violates the same federal spending laws as the Ukraine aid freeze that partly prompted his impeachment, House Democrats said on Wednesday.
Trump's WHO cutoff sends officials, allies scrambling  —  President Donald Trump's 60-day freeze on U.S. funding of the World Health Organization was met with swift criticism Wednesday, with defenders of the United Nations agency denouncing the directive as a risky and baffling maneuver amid …
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Bill Gates, in rebuke of Trump, calls WHO funding cut during pandemic ‘as dangerous as it sounds’  —  Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates criticized President Trump's decision to suspend funding to the World Health Organization as “dangerous,” saying the payments should continue particularly during the global coronavirus pandemic.
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Joe Biden Has Yet to Face Single Question on Sexual Assault Allegations  —  3 weeks, 10 interviews, and 81 questions with no mention of sexual assault claim … None of Biden's 10 interlocutors have asked him to comment on the allegation.  On Sunday March 29, for example …
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Why Trump's slump is likely to last all year
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:   Obama gives Biden his endorsement. He should really give him his lighting, that set and his camera.
Ben Terris / Washington Post:   This is Joe Biden's biggest moment. Why does he feel so small?
Washington Post:
We've never backed a Democrat for president.  But Trump must be defeated.  —  The authors are on the advisory board of the Lincoln Project.  —  This November, Americans will cast their most consequential votes since Abraham Lincoln's reelection in 1864.  We confront a constellation of crises …
Melissa Harris-Perry / ELLE:
Stacey Abrams On Voting Rights, COVID-19, And Being Vice President  —  “I would be an excellent running mate.”  —  Experienced politicians know there is a right way to answer questions about pursuing higher office.  Be demure.  Redirect.  Convey vague interest while insisting never to have given it serious consideration.
Elaina Plott / New York Times:
Trump Wanted a Radio Show, but He Didn't Want to Compete With Limbaugh  —  President Trump said he envisioned a show running two hours a day, according to White House officials, and would do it were it not for the risk of encroaching on Rush Limbaugh, the conservative host.
Rescue Fund to Run Dry Today, Leaving Small Firms Shut Out  — Small fims have been flooding banks with loan applications  — Congress is debating allocating an additional $250 billion  —  A $349 billion federal relief program for U.S. small businesses is expected to run out of money this afternoon …
Trump told testing is key to reopening during business panel call  —  The call, one of a series with various sectors on Wednesday, was the first task force teleconference aimed at devising a strategy for reopening the country.  The call lasted for about an hour and had dozens of participants …
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
China didn't warn public of likely pandemic for 6 key days  —  In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the epicenter of the disease hosted a mass banquet for tens of thousands of people …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN accused of ‘literally publishing Chinese propaganda’  —  CNN is under fire for allegedly publishing “Chinese propaganda” in a report that cites a media outlet controlled by the Chinese government.  —  On Monday, ran an article about China People's Liberation Army (PLA) …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Kentucky just made it harder to vote during a pandemic  —  Wisconsin-style tactics come to Kentucky.  —  Kentucky's heavily Republican legislature voted Tuesday to require voters to show a government-issued photo ID, overriding Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear's veto in the process.
Discussion: Associated Press
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:   Kentucky legislature overrides veto of GOP voter ID measure
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
Baseball?  Coachella?  Handshakes?  Tinder?  Anthony Fauci on the New Rules of Living With Coronavirus  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci wasn't at Donald Trump's side for his daily coronavirus task force briefing on Tuesday.  But Fauci's aggressive and unpredictable media tour continued on Snapchat …
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
The Times of Israel:
Top Israeli prof claims simple stats show virus plays itself out after 70 days  —  Isaac Ben-Israel, who is not a medical expert, says analysis worldwide shows new cases peaking after about 40 days, slams economic closures; leading doctor dismisses his claims
Discussion: Townhall and The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
The Heartbreaking Last Texts of a Hospital Worker on the Front Lines  —  Madhvi Aya worked long hours in the emergency room of a hospital in Brooklyn that was battered by the coronavirus.  Then she caught the virus herself.  —  Lying in a hospital bed last month, Madhvi Aya understood what was happening to her.
Rebecca Renner / National Geographic:
The pandemic is giving people vivid, unusual dreams.  Here's why.  —  The pandemic is giving people vivid, unusual dreams.  Here's why.  —  Researchers explain why withdrawal from our usual environments—due to social distancing—has left dreamers with a dearth of “inspiration.”
Jacqueline Feldscher / Politico:
Pentagon barred from discussing Trump in JEDI contract probe  —  The Pentagon's inspector general “could not definitively determine” whether the White House influenced the procurement process for a major cloud computing contract because senior Defense Department officials were barred …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
False Prophet  —  On February 28, Donald Trump stood before a crowd of supporters in South Carolina and told them to pay no attention to the growing warnings of a coronavirus outbreak in America.  The press was “in hysteria mode,” the president said.  The Democrats were playing politics.
Washington Post:
As U.S. discouraged mask use for public, White House team raced to secure face coverings from Taiwan for senior staff  —  In mid-March, a National Security Council team rushed to fix what they saw as a threat to the U.S. government's ability to function amid the advancing pandemic …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
Possible Chinese Nuclear Testing Stirs U.S. Concern  —  Beijing might secretly be conducting small nuclear tests at its Lop Nur site, report says  —  China might be secretly conducting nuclear tests with very low explosive power despite Beijing's assertions that it is strictly adhering …
Discussion: New York Post and The Week
Yahoo News:
Which elder-care facilities have COVID-19?  Florida won't say, filling families with dread  —  A devoted grandson learns his grandmother died alone last weekend.  The family was never told she had fallen ill. A fragile mother is moved from her room so the senior home can expand its “quarantine wing.”
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel and NPR
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Business Leaders Urge Trump to Dramatically Increase Coronavirus Testing  —  During first call to discuss reopening country, executives tell president more testing is needed to convince public to return to work
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Conservatives ask Congress to protect industries from coronavirus lawsuits  —  More than 20 conservative groups have signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asking Congress to take measures to protect companies from frivolous coronavirus lawsuits.
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Stef W. Kight / Axios:
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Discussion: Fox News and California Governor
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
Chaotic search for coronavirus treatments reveals another shortcoming in pandemic preparation
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
There are so many coronavirus myths that even Snopes can't keep up
Washington Post:
U.S. stocks plunge amid steep fall in bank earnings, retail sales
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Week
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon slashes commission rates for program that gives publishers a cut of sales
Leah Simpson / Daily Mail:
Florida man, 26, ‘commits murder’ a DAY after being released from prison early to help prevent the spread of coronavirus
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Wall Street feasts on federal coronavirus aid while Main Street starves
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Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
New poll: Nearly half of frequent Fox viewers say COVID-19 death toll is inflated
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
GOP congressman says letting more Americans die of coronavirus is lesser of two evils compared to economy tanking
Wilfred McClay / The James G. Martin Center …:
A Radical Pseudo-historian Meets His Match
Discussion: National Review
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
In unprecedented move, Treasury orders Trump's name printed on stimulus checks